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Use It or Save It? Migration Background and Parental Leave Uptake in Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
Number of Authors: 2
2016 (English)In: European Journal of Population, ISSN 0168-6577, E-ISSN 1572-9885, Vol. 32, no 2, 189-210 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sweden is a welfare state with a family policy that strongly emphasizes equality without distinction by place of birth or gender. In this study, we investigate the differences in uptake of parental leave between native and immigrant mothers, and the connection to labour-market attachment. Sweden represents a unique case study, not only because of the strong effort to combine work and family for all women and men, the high level of fertility and the large presence of immigrants in the country; it also enables a detailed and sophisticated analysis based on the high-quality data derived from its population registers. We find that immigrant mothers use more parental leave benefit the first year after their child's birth, but then fewer in the second year compared with native mothers. The differences diminish when labour-market activity is controlled for. Additionally, after a time in Sweden, immigrant mothers use leave more similarly to how native mothers do.

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2016. Vol. 32, no 2, 189-210 p.
Keyword [en]
Parental leave, Sweden, Integration, Immigrants
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-131545DOI: 10.1007/s10680-015-9365-xISI: 000376591900002OAI: diva2:944905
Available from: 2016-06-30 Created: 2016-06-21 Last updated: 2016-06-30Bibliographically approved

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